Kings XI Punjab vs. Rajasthan Royals, IPL: 5 Things We Learned

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Kings XI Punjab vs. Rajasthan Royals, IPL: 5 Things We Learned
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Glenn Maxwell earned the Orange Cap after a match-winning 89 off 45 balls against Rajasthan Royals.

Almost exactly 16 years ago, a desert storm struck the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the form of Sachin Tendulkar, who hit 143 and 134 runs against Australia in consecutive matches in the space of two days.

On Sunday, with no disrespect or undermining of Tendulkar's achievements, Sharjah witnessed the desert storm thrice in a single day.

The Kings XI Punjab may have beaten the Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets on the day by chasing down 192 runs with eight balls to spare, but such an academic description of the result would do grave injustice to the spectacles that transpired on the tiny oval.

It's hard to believe that this season of the Indian Premier League is just seven games old. Sunday's match could arguably be classified as the best so far. It was an absolute graveyard for bowlers, what with the ground's comparatively smaller dimensions and a slow pitch to add to that.

Nonetheless, fans of the format would have got more than what they would have anticipated. Here are five things we learned from the match.



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